Jim Madsen has been playing and singing and songwriting and performing and entertaining
and picking and grinning and writing run-on sentences for longer than he’ll ever
Growing up in Iowa but calling South Dakota his adopted home-state, he’s now in Norman,
OK (via Nebraska and Ohio) finding this red dirt country difficult to resist.
He can jump in between Buffett and Blues at the drop of a hat, or the Beatles and
Buddy Holly in the blink of an eye. Basically anything or anyone that starts with
“B” he’ll play. And “dead guy” songs are always popular favorites too. “Think about
it” he says,”Elvis, Buddy Holly, Jim Croce, John Lennon, Johnny Cash, Harry Chapin...what
do they all have in common other than having great songs? They’re all DEAD. Coincidence?
I think not.”
But he’s also an accomplished songwriter as well. He loves writing story songs about
people he’s met or seen along the way. This includes a patchwork of baseball players,
drunks, sailors, saints, fools, idiots and really, really big idiots. But there’s
ALWAYS a song in every situation, no matter how seemingly simple or mundane. It’s
the little things in life that bring us comfort and that’s the same with his songwriting
He’s played for rum in the Caribbean, scotch in Scotland, train fare in Germany,
and to a couple of Sherpas high in the Himalayas. If you add it all together it was
good enough to get drunk on a train with guys to carry your luggage.
So if it was good enough for them, it should be good enough for you too. Be sure
to catch him at a watering hole or coffee house near you.
Did I also mention that he was the opening act for Donnie and Marie? Yes...THE Donnie
and Marie. You decide for yourself if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.